Ryan McKinley

Ryan McKinley
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Author, podcaster, costumer and maker, Ryan has been enjoying Disney, Marvel and Star Wars since his first years of life and is thrilled to be able to pass that passion along to a new audience on LaughingPlace. Check out his award winning novels "The Pirate Bride" & "The Lost Crew" in bookstore nationwide.

Book Review: “Star Wars: Battlefront 2 — Inferno Squad”

The July 2016 release of the new Star Wars story, Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden, has cemented one thing for the worldwide...

Thor Ragnarok Trailer at San Diego Comic Con

Thor’s journey as a hero has always been more interesting than his actual exploits and one-sided victories. The first Thor film explored his worthiness;...

Review — “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny”

The week of July 4th, Disney/LucasFilm released the first of a new series of animated shorts, Forces of Destiny. Targeted towards the four to...

Black Panther Teaser Breakdown

By way of tone and intensity, the new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther is setting up an exciting and original franchise that is...

Game Review — “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series”

Let me start with this: I’m not huge into video games. I want to be, and trust me, I’ve tried — I’ve just never...

Vanity Fair Cover Story: “The Last Jedi — The Definitive Preview”

Part of the joy of film, for me, is the secret — not knowing anything about the plot or development before I walk into...

“Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1” Review — A Star Wars...

Jedi can move things with their minds. Humans can understand Wookiee growls and robot beeps as language. Princesses can fall in love with no-rank...

Book Review: The Triumphant Return of “Thrawn”

In 2012, Disney bought LucasFilm. When I heard, I was as giddy as a school boy with a new lunch box. I knew that...

Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer Breakdown –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ Video clips are a major part of Star Wars Celebration panels. When I attended C3 in 2005, crowds were dying for a look at...

The Continuing Travails of Thor—Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Review

Thor had a bad feeling about this. Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron put some bad mojo into the minds and hearts of our favorite...

Book Review — Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End

In the years that followed 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Star Wars fans had few options for their fix. Television shows about Ewoks didn’t really...

Telltale Games Talk “Guardians of the Galaxy” During PAX East Panel

Last Friday evening at the PAX East convention, con goers packed to Albatross Hall to catch a glimpse and several details about the upcoming...
Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Trailer Analysis

Before tonight’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 preview, we’d seen some fun “coming-soon” glimpses of the upcoming sequel to the 2015 breakaway success—funny...

Avengers: Infinity War Featurette Analysis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAOzrChqmd0 When I was growing up, DC had sole control of box-office, comic book films. Starting with Superman in 1978 through 1989’s Batman (we’ll ignore...

Comic Review — “Star Wars: Darth Maul #1”

For a prequel, The Phantom Menace did little to suss out the origin or back story of the most electric of new characters introduced...

Book Review: “Iron Man: The Gauntlet”

One of the literary joys for me in the past few decades has been finding a new Star Wars story in the form of...

Lego Review: Star Wars AT-ST Walker

To assemble Lego is to travel back in time to a simpler age; an age that involved sitting on the floor to watch television...

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Trailer Review

When Peter Parker popped up in Captain America: Civil War, we saw the best version of the character to ever grace the silver screen....

Comic Review — “Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1”

In Marvel’s newest Star Wars title, Doctor Aphra #1, fans of the Darth Vader comic have reason to rejoice—the morally dubious Aphra is heading...

Toy Review: Hasbro Legends Series Doctor Strange Action Figure

Long gone are the days of lumpy, clumsy toys. Though we are all grateful to have had the Kenner Star Wars action figures (they...

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